July 29, 2001
v. 1 - Judgment from Him where there are
no miscarries of justice or mistakes made.
Priests, people, king - the rulers & the ruled!
Instead of safeguards, they had been a snare,
instead of true leaders as God had intended they
seduced them to sin and helped prepare them for
Mizpah - in the southwest to Tabor in the northeast -
v. 2 - “revolters” - revolution, apostasy.
“I have been a rebuker unto them”
v. 3 - no hiding
v. 4 - “they will not frame” - framers of the
Habits so powerful that they could not break them!
Chains too small to be felt until too strong to be broken.
Chains of impenitence, ignorance, insolence, iniquity.
One thing to fall into sin, another to persist in sin!
Slavery - people get excited except when Satan does it?
“spirit of whoredoms in the midst of them & they
have not known the Lord”
They are overmatched - no counteracting force to turn them
back or reverse their course.
Such a force was in the knowledge of God, His
covenant, His mercy, His power, His love, grace
It was Israel’s privilege & duty to know the Lord -
their ignorance was inexcusable.
v. 5 - Worldly wealth, pride - no liking for the
knowledge of God, they did not concern
themselves with it.
Prosperity -flourishing condition
Vain pride - self exaltation
“Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty
spirit before a fall” - Proverbs 16:18
Before their captivity but while still in their land,
they shall perceive their humiliation & degradation
instead of their glory which they had at the beginning!
“therefore......fall in their iniquity”
v. 6 - Numerous & costly sacrifices to try and appease
They won’t find Him - hypocritical repentance came too
“my son, give me thy heart” - brought their
herds but not their hearts.
For God, instead of being a present help in
time of trouble -Ps. 46:1 - He had withdrawn
beyond their reach - He had removed His
Shekinah glory from among them!
Ezekiel 9:3, 10:4,18, 11:22-23, 43:2,4
v. 7 - “begotten strange children” - godless
parents, intermarrying with idolaters.
The spirit of whoredoms produced a graceless
and godless race.
“a month” - in a short time.
v. 9 - “desolate in the day of rebuke” - God’s
mercy to apprise of the danger -
“among the tribes of Israel have I made known
that which shall SURELY be”
v. 10 - boundary removers - Ps. 2 - regardless
of the rights of others.
v. 11 - “he willingly walked” - arbitrary & self imposed
Missteps, mistakes, mishandling, misguided & misgoverned
v. 12 - figures of slow but sure ruin - When the
foundations are destroyed, what can the
v. 13 - Ephraim saw, Ephraim went - “yet he could
not heal or cure”
v. 14 - Change of mode to one decisive & open -
Beware of provoking God to withhold blessings or withdraw
His presence with the gracious influences of His Spirit leaving us to Judicial Blindness.
First step - confession - Second step - Seek His Face!
“in their affliction, they will seek me early”